Mantel and Table Clocks

Musical console repeating clock with quarter chime

    Musical console repeating clock with quarter chime

    France / Switzerland

    Circa 1775


    Bronze, glass, enamel, steel, brass, fabric; gilding, casting, painting, mechanical work

    130 x 50 x 28 cm

    Inscriptions on the dial: “ Michel à Bourbonne”; on the musical movement: “3596”, “3199”. On the keys: “19”, “16”, “L”


    Console musical clock in gilded bronze case, with beige vernis Martin lacquered finish, with foliage ornament, on four leaves-shaped feet. Openwork lattices covered with pink fabric from the inner side, are on the lateral sides. The case upper part is decorated with mascaron, the Greek-style vase with floral branches, two handles and a lid topped with pine-cone. Ornately shaped door with a lock and a key is on the case front side. White enamel dial hours' graduation by the Roman numerals and minutes' graduation by the Arabic numerals, with two open-work gilt brass hands and two winding holes. Musical movement is mounted beneath the clockwork: carillon with thirteen bells and twenty-two hammers, a spring motor, a fusee and pinned cylinder for eight melodies. A pin for the musical movement winding is on the right side. The clock is mounted on the console with a grotesque mask, floral patterns and a pastoral scene in the Pillement style, named after the French artist Jean Baptiste Pillement (1728-1808). The clock movement is pendulum, with lever escapement, two spring motors, eight days power reserve, quarter hour chime on two bells with two hammers and two additional hammers for repeater.